The House voted Wednesday 232-197 to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time for ‘incitement of insurrection,’ exactly a week after the MAGA mob stormed Capitol Hill.
The Democratic majority was joined by 10 Republicans, making the House’s move bipartisan – unlike Trump’s first impeachment less than 13 months ago.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s spokesman confirmed that McConnell informed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that he wouldn’t bring the Senate back before January 19. That is the day before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration and means that Trump cannot be removed from office before he leaves anyway.
McConnell’s move was revealed as the House debated, and then he added to the drama with a statement suggesting he could convict, saying: ‘While the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.’
Just before he entered history as the first president to be impeached twice, the White House put out a statement from Trump, which called for peace but did not address his impeachment.
‘In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind. That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank You,’ the president’s statement said.
But it did nothing to quell a Republican rebellion led by the House number three Liz Cheney, and which ended with a total of 10 GOP members voting to impeach Trump.
The final to announce that he would vote against his own party’s leader was Dan Newhouse, of Washington, who said of the floor: ‘Turning a blind eye to this brutal assault on our Republic is not an option.
HOUSE REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED ‘YES’ ON IMPEACHMENT
Liz Cheney – Wyoming
Adam Kinzinger – Illinois
John Katko – New York
Fred Upton – Michigan
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